Section: Feature Film Competition

Brighton 4th

Brighton 4th

Levan Koguashvili
Georgia, Russia, Bulgaria, Monaco, USA, 2021, 95 Min

Tbilisi - Brooklyn, One Way, in this tragic-comic winner of the New York Tribeca Festival about former wrestling champion Khakchi, who travels from Georgia to New York to help a son who has ended up in trouble with the mafia. To a backdrop of the urban canyons of Brighton Beach, the film tells a tale of the struggle for life and death in a manner both visually powerful and rich in fascinating ensemble scenes.

Kino Iberica

Burdened by heavy gambling debts, Khakchi's son Soso lives in a neglected hostel in the capital of the American Dream together with fellow destitute immigrants from Georgia, Russia and Uzbekistan. Soso had actually wanted to study medicine. Khakchi, a man of action, played impressively by former wrestling gold medallist Levan Tediashvili, refuses to take the desperate, aimless existence of his son lying down: In an attempt to rid his son of his debts he challenges the mafia godfather to a head-to-head fight, a duel that could be the last for this ageing, battle-hardened yet life-scarred individual. Captured in visually impressive manner by Oscar-nominated cameraman Phedon Papamichael, the film speaks of the need to respectfully engage with and stand up for one another: in a series of stirring ensemble scenes, Levan Koguashvili portrays the deeply-rooted cultural identity of his compatriots, a culture able to overcome time and space. Melancholy-infused clarinet choruses weave through the rooms, coated in the cigarette smoke of those who have fallen. A film akin to an ode to a bygone era.

Boris Frumin
Phedon Papamichael
Sasha Frumin - Davit Kiknadze - Elene Asatiani
Levan Tediashvili - Kakhi Kavsadze - Nadezhda Mikhalkova - Giorgi Tabidze
Olena Yershova - Irakli Rodonaya
Tato Films - Kino Iberica
Levan Koguashvili

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